- By Shyam Banerji in his book Hindu Gods and Temples
In a culture where different regional traditions add color to the religious fabric, Gods and Goddesses are worshiped individually and in combinations in many different ways.
Though the measure may vary from person to person, “Sukh” (physical comfort), “Shanti” (peace of mind) and “Ananda” (intrinsic bliss) have been identified in Hindu scriptures as the three prime motivations and objectives of life. The worship of Saraswati, Ganesha and Lakshmi reflects this innate philosophical connectivity. The combined imagery, and the cardinal lesson it holds, actually teaches the beholder the art of living.
Learning makes a person knowledgeable and wise. The wisdom he gains enables him to control his senses. By doing so he can enrich his productivity by overcoming obstacles. Such a person is generally blessed with the immeasurable wealth of prosperity and happiness. In other words, without knowledge there can be no progress. Without wisdom, wealth cannot be earned, retained or enriched. To the enlightened devotee, this “wealth” of prosperity and happiness means being at peace with one’s senses, ones duties, one’s yearnings and desires. To the average individual, quite appreciably, it stands for financial gain and familial well-being.
The mind is the seat of Saraswati and she resides there in the form of knowledge. Lakshmi also like to stay in home where people work and pray with pure, unblemished minds. Ganesha removes all obstacles from the paths of such people.
Pictured Above: Set of Lakshmi Ganesh Saraswati Statues from Ganesh Mall